McCain on Romney and Immigration (Update: Romney's Response)

Posted: May 21, 2007 1:02 PM

That's gonna leave a mark. This came from a conference call I was just on, with John McCain:

"Maybe I should wait a couple weeks and see if it changes, since it's changed in less than a year."

"Maybe his solution would be to get out his small varmint gun and drive those Guatemalans off his lawn or something."
More in a moment. I had the worst daggone luck. My phone decided to disconnect me just as my question slot came up. I don't agree with the Senator on immigration, but I didn't hang up on him, which is I'm sure what it looked like. Sorry about that!

Update: McCain also addressed Fred!'s opposition to the bill.

Update: I got a Mulligan. They let me e-mail my question, so I'll type that up when I get an answer.

And, now that I read that quote about the gun, it sounds like McCain's suggesting Romney might like to shoot illegal aliens. For the record, he wasn't implying anything mean-spirited about Romney as much as he was clowning on his unfortunate "lifelong hunter" comment. Update: Ohhhh, he was talking about these Guatemalans.

Update: And, of course, given the kind of rhetoric coming from the pro-immigration side of the debate, it's not entirely out of this world for opponents to wonder if McCain did mean something like that about Romney. They could really stand to settle down with the "bigotry" charges on the pro- side. They sound as bad as Democrats. If they want an actual discussion, calling opponents "bigots" is not a way to cool the emotions and get it started.

Update: Michelle Malkin is hosting the O'Reilly Factor tonight and tomorrow. That oughtta be good TV.  

Update: And, the Romney camp responds:

“Governor Romney has been very clear that he opposes this immigration agreement, which clearly falls short of the American public’s expectations.  It seems that certain candidates who brokered this flawed plan are having a very difficult time grappling with or coming to terms with the political fallout that has ensued in a substantive manner.”
-Kevin Madden, spokesman for Governor Romney